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PDFWAC 458-20-233

Tax liability of medical and hospital service bureaus and associations and similar health care organizations.

All medical service bureaus, medical service corporations, hospital service associations and similar health care organizations engaging in business within this state are subject to the provisions of the business and occupation tax and are taxable under the service and other business activities classification upon their gross income. The term "gross income" as defined in RCW 82.04.080 is construed to include the total contributions, fees, premiums or other receipts paid in by the members or subscribers. Insofar as tax liability is concerned it is immaterial that such organizations may be incorporated as charitable or nonprofit corporations.
Certain of these organizations operate under contracts by the terms of which the bureau or association acts solely as the agent of a physician, hospital, or ambulance company in offering to its members or subscribers medical and surgical services, hospitalization, nursing, and ambulance services. In computing tax liability such bureaus and associations, therefore, will be entitled to deduct from their gross income the amounts paid to member physicians, hospitals and ambulance companies. No deduction will be allowed with respect to amounts retained as surplus or reserve accounts or to amounts expended for the purchase of supplies or for any other expense of the bureau or association other than as provided herein.
Under contracts wherein these organizations furnish to their members medical and surgical, hospitalization and ambulance services as a principal and not as an agent, no such deduction is allowed.
Revised July 1, 1956.
[Order ET 70-3, ยง 458-20-233 (Rule 233), filed 5/29/70, effective 7/1/70.]
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